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Directed by John Huston
US 1953

Director John Huston and actor Humphrey Bogart, who had previously collaborated on classics ranging from The Maltese Falcon to The African Queen, teamed up for the last time on Beat the Devil, the least known and most unfairly underrated of their five joint efforts. An exquisitely dry comedy with a witty script by Truman Capote, the film finds subtle, absurdist laughs in the misadventures of Bogart's tough customer, who becomes involved in a complex scheme to gain control of a patch of uranium-rich land in Africa. Indeed, the humor is played with such a straight face that many critics have suggested that the film's first audiences did not realize they were watching a comedy, contributing to its box office failure. Audiences in later years, however, have revived interest in the film, fully appreciating its bounty of comic riches. In addition to the well-plotted, always unpredictable script, the production is bolstered by uniformly excellent performances. Bogart treats his usual romantic cynic role with a pleasingly light touch, and establishes superb chemistry with Jennifer Jones, who portrays the female half of a seemingly proper British couple who may not be everything they seem. Especially strong laughs are provided by a memorably colorful rogue's gallery of supporting villains and kooks, including an especially nervous Peter Lorre.

 

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Theatrical Release:  November 24th, 1953

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Runtime 1:29:15 1:29:18.853
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.42 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 23,167,647,294 bytes

Feature Size: 22,257,266,688 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.89 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1568 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1568 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles SNone English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Golden Years

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: January 22nd, 2002

Cardboard sleeve Case
Chapters: 6

Release Information:
Studio: Film Detective

 

Disc Size: 23,167,647,294 bytes

Feature Size: 22,257,266,688 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.89 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
Trailer (2:02)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 11th, 2014
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 11

 

 

 

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ADDITION: Film Detective - Region FREE - Blu-ray February 16': Encouraged by Film Detective's Blu-ray of The Bat, and less-so with their A Bucket of Blood, I though I'd indulge further. Beat the Devil is public domain - kind of a throw-away film that has garnered some cult status nostalgia appeal in recent years. The DVDs I've seen are hideous and this is another, interlaced, VHS-sourced, example. Unwatchable. The Blu-ray is imperfect but a breath of fresh air by comparison. Detail significantly tightens, and contrast becomes layered, brighter visuals but there is still some minor damage and artifacts but the bitrate is high. Bottom line is that it is watchable, 1080P and offers optional subtitles.

Striving for competence and respectability, Film Detective even go lossless with the audio - a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1568 kbps (16-bit) and it does a reasonable job with the source utilized. The score by Franco Mannino (Visconti's L'innocente and Riccardo Freda's Murder Obsession) is sparsely used but pleasant. The Blu-ray disc is Region FREE.

Only a trailer as an extra - but, regardless - those keen to see the film - this Blu-ray seems the best of a very bad bunch (of SDs). The BD can be had for under $10... at that price it's hard not to recommend a small place in the digital library. 

Gary W. Tooze




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